fixed the car." >> did you catch the misplaced modifier? "leaking oil" refers to the car, not the mechanic. >> when i say "leaking oil, comma, the mechanic fixed the car," it sounds like the mechanic is the person who's leaking oil, when, in fact, it's the car, not the mechanic, that's leaking oil. >> the sentence should read, "leaking oil, the car was fixed by the mechanic." >> oh! oh, yeah, of course! >> the key is to use common sense. as a rule of thumb, the modifier should be next to the word it's modifying. so, put those modifiers in their place. for example -- reporting for "tkn," i'm christina. >> in "speak of the week," it's your turn to tell us what you think. >> experts say we need to eat a certain amount of fruits and vegetables every day. they call this the "recommended number of servings." the question is, are you eating the recommended amount?